Afghans In Kandahar Vote In Delayed Elections Amid Recent Violence


The bodyguard opened fire at a group of officials after a meeting with General Scott Miller, the commander of the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan. Raziq's strongman tactics had been credited with thwarting successive Taliban attempts to gain a foothold in Kandahar, once their spiritual heartland. The Afghan elections have been rocked by repeated Taliban and Islamic State attacks.

After the incident, authorities postponed the elections to the Afghan Parliament for today.

There are 112 candidates, of whom 12% are women, for Kandahar's 11 parliamentary seats, the IEC said.

Voters cast their ballots at 172 polling stations, one fewer than expected, Sadat said.

More than half a million people were registered to vote across the province, according to the IEC's media relations office, with women making up roughly 1 in 8 registered voters.Turnout figures have not yet been released.

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Political analyst Mokadar Ahmad Waheeda said election workers were struggling with a new biometric identification system and at least three observers for candidates were arrested on allegations of trying to influence the vote.

"Attempt to commit fraud in the parliamentary elections is considered as electoral crime and those who make such attempts should be punished by the judicial and legal centers", Naeem Asghari, deputy head of Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan said. They are also high for the USA, which is still seeking an exit strategy after 17 years of war that has cost more than $900 billion and claimed more than 2,400 US service personnel.

Voting in the province was delayed by one week after an attack that killed two senior Afghan officials.

The bomber detonated an explosive vest and after approaching several official vehicles close to the election commission, the statement said.